The word “butterface” has gained popularity in recent years. The term refers to a female who has a nice body, except for her (but her = butter) face. Beauty is subjective. It is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. What one person deems to be beautiful might be considered repulsive in another person’s mind. The opposite is true as well. It is important to remember that physical beauty is a superficial quality. So many people are judged by their looks with no thought given to what lies beyond their appearance.
There are good looking people in all walks of life. There also exists the opposite. Fortunately, most people live outside of the limelight and don’t have their looks scrutinized by the masses in the same way that those in the spotlight do. Professional athletes are generally blessed with talents that can’t be learned. They still have to work hard at what they do and they need to show a lot of dedication in order to keep themselves in proper form. Talent can only take them so far.
Lesser attractive athletes, despite their abilities, are often the subject of ridicule. The internet is full of articles that mock these people. Those athletes shouldn’t care though. Their talents are in sports, not in the beauty pageant circuit. Looks can definitely open up doors for athletes. Good looking athletes are more likely to get into modelling, fashion and on television as sports-casters and analysts. For those who aren’t blessed with good looks, well, they may find it a little more challenging to follow these pursuits when their playing days are over, but at least these 15 athletes will still have rocking bodies that they can flaunt.
Here is a list of 14 “butterfaces” in sports.
14 Elizabeth Tweddle
Elizabeth Tweddle is a former British gymnast who was a whiz on the uneven bars. During her career, she saw her fair share of successes and won many championships. She is a three-time Olympian who won a bronze medal in front of her home crowd at the 2012 Olympics in London. She was featured in the television series, Dancing on Ice, where she claimed victory with her partner Daniel Whiston. In February 2016, Elizabeth underwent surgery to have two vertebrae in her neck fused. She has a bright future ahead of her, but despite her sexy figure, it probably won’t include modelling.
13 Venus Williams
One of the best women’s tennis players to ever grace the court, Venus Williams has spent a lot of time as the number one ranked women’s tennis player in the world. She remains in the top 10 to this day and, when healthy, is always a contender to be taken seriously. She has won countless championships and has several business ventures outside of tennis. Venus has accumulated over $32 million in her career.
She has a very nice figure that looks great in a skimpy bathing suit. There are countless pictures available on the internet and in magazines of her showing off her curves on various sandy beaches. She has posed in various states of undress and looked great doing it.
12 Roberta Vinci
What can be said about Roberta Vinci? She is the oldest player to ever make their debut in the top 10 rankings in women’s tennis. At 33 years of age, she shocked the world by defeating number one seed Serena Williams at the 2015 US Open. That’s quite an accomplishment. She has a prototypical women’s tennis figure, great legs, tight abs and she bounces in all the right places. She looks great when the television cameras show the rear view as she serves up an ace.
11 Cristiane Justino
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino is a UFC fighter from Brazil. Prior to being introduced to martial arts, Christiane was a team handball player. In December 2011, she claimed a knock-out victory just 16 seconds into the fight but the win was taken away from her after it was revealed that she had taken performance-enhancing drugs. She was suspended for a year and fined. When she returned to the ring, she won her first fight with a first round TKO. At 5’8” she is a pit-bull in the ring, who has a hard-body and very attractive figure.
10 Federica Pellegrini
Federica Pellegrini is a talented swimmer and has represented Italy three times in the Olympics. She was the first female swimmer to finish the 400-meter freestyle in less than 4 minutes. She also enjoys fashion and music and she is active with charities. Like most athletes, she is as fit as a fiddle and she looks magnificent in a bikini. Her interest in fashion has led her to do a bit of modelling.
9 Agnieszka Radwanska
Nicknamed “Professor” by fellow players, Agnieszka Radwanska is one heck of a talented tennis player. Currently ranked #3 in the WTA, she has created a long list of firsts for Polish tennis players and continues to add to her accomplishments and earnings. She is well liked by both fans and peers as shown by her five year reign as WTA’s Fan Favorite Singles Player that began in 2011. She dedicates a lot of time and money to various charities and has several endorsement deals. As she enters the prime of her career, she is in a great position to see much more success in her professional career. On top of that, her knock-out body has likely been in the bawdy dreams of many men.
8 Diana Taurasi
This basketball player stands 6 feet tall and fittingly has used her height and athletic abilities to her advantage. She has had an outstanding career as a professional basketball player in which she has won three WNBA Championships, WNBA MVP honours and five league scoring titles. Her domination of the court has earned her a place on the list of the top 15 WNBA’s best players of all time. She left the WNBA to play in Russia in 2015 where she is making huge dollars. She plans to return to the WNBA for the 2016 season.
She has a stunning figure and has shown it off by tastefully posing nude for ESPN magazine.
7 Michelle Jenneke
She can run like the wind, bound over hurdles and delight spectators with her sexy “bouncy dance” which she performs during warm-up. Michelle Jenneke excels at the 100-meter hurdles and she is also an aspiring model. The athletic Australian has been a guest on The Tonight Show, gone viral on YouTube and has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Make no mistake; this woman has a body on her that rivals any top model. She proudly struts her stuff both on and off the track. Whether she’s in her skimpy tight shorts or in a bikini, her toned and shapely body is guaranteed to turn heads.
6 Yelena Isinbayeva
This Russian pole-vaulter and two-time Olympic gold medal winner is considered to be the greatest pole-vaulter of all time. She was the first woman to clear five meters and has been named the IAAF’s Female Athlete of the Year three times. Her success in the sport has translated into endorsement deals with such brands as Toshiba and Lady Speed Stick. She has had time away from the spotlight after recently getting married and giving birth to daughter who will hopefully inherit her mother’s athletic prowess. She possesses the body, brains and abilities to more than make up for her lack of fetching facial features. She is currently working on her comeback.
5 Sheilla Castro
Who doesn’t like to watch the occasional women’s volleyball match? The jumping, the bouncing and the nice fitting shorts are a sight to behold. Sheilla Castro is a member of the gold medal winning Brazilian women’s volleyball team. Standing tall at 6’1", she is a constant force on the court. She is primed and looking forward to playing in front of her home country in the upcoming Rio Olympics where her team looks to win their third gold medal.
Sheilla has some very stunning physical attributes to compliment her abilities. She has been photographed many times and it is easy to become hypnotized by her physique. At only 31 years of age, Sheilla has a few good playing years left and fans can look forward watching this hard-bodied star bounce her way to more success.
4 Christine Sinclair
She is probably the premiere name in Canadian women’s soccer, as she is the captain of the Canadian women’s national team and has won the Canadian Soccer Player of the Year honour an impressive 12 times. She has played many years of professional soccer and has been nominated as FIFA’s Female Player of the Year six times. She is second to only Abby Wambach in all-time international goals scored with an astounding 161 markers.
Underneath her uniform and padding lies a pretty spectacular figure although she rarely, if ever, flaunts it. She will never be confused with a supermodel however. She is more well known for her angry game face than one that would be featured in a glamor magazine. That’s probably just fine with the humble Sinclair. She has a bright future ahead of her in any number of areas.
3 Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russian tennis star Svetlana Kuznetsova has appeared in four Grand Slam finals and won two. She has qualified five times for the WTA Tour Championships only to find herself knocked out in the early stages. Nonetheless, the lady has talent and continues to ply her trade at the highest levels. She is currently ranked 13th although she has been ranked as high as #2. She undoubtedly has talent, athletic ability and a mighty fine figure.
1 Iya Gavrilova
A member of the Russian women’s national hockey team and a member of the CIS women’s league, Iya Gavrilova continues to build a solid career on the ice. She has competed in three Winter Olympics and has had many successes. She is establishing herself as one of the premiere forwards in women’s hockey. She wears the number 8, just like another Russian superstar by the name of Alex Ovechkin. She is almost like the Alex Ovechkin of women’s hockey. She even bears a striking resemblance to Alex Ovechkin from the neck up but from the neck down she is quite striking. Her 5’8” frame is quite pleasing to the eye. It’s a shame she has to hide her figure underneath all that cumbersome and bulky hockey gear.